Ivy on April 9th, 2010

Although I serve salads everyday with our meals, salads is not fully covered in my blog and I know I have to start adding more salads.  I have lots of salads I have not published yet but I always prefer to focus on the main course rather than on a salad.  The salads I make […]


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    I’ve been cooking lots of healthy Mediterranean dishes lately and fish is in out diet at least once a week.    This dish is so easy to make with few ingredients but still it’s so delicious. One of my favourite salads I love pairing with fish, is one my mom used to make with […]


Continue reading about Tsipoura (Gilthead Sea Bream) with Caper Vinaigrette and Pantzarosalata

If you can get fresh anchovies, called gavros in Greek, forget those canned, salty ones and you will get hooked with these fresh beauties. Gavros is one of my favourite small fishes because it is not only cheap but it also tastes good and of course a good source of heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty oil […]


Continue reading about Gavros Ladorigani (Baked anchovies with Oregano) and Potato Salad

Many people shudder at the thought of cooking or eating liver but in Greece we eat it a lot.   I love liver, especially, chicken livers, however, I don’t cook it very often as chicken giblets are high in cholesterol and only cook it two or three times a year, mostly during Easter. Before cooking it, […]


Continue reading about Sykotakia me Lahanika (Braised Chicken Livers with Poached Grapes)

Summer Escapes part VII – Lakonia: Elafonissos, Plytra, Archangelos and Monvemvassia During our last visit to Sparti, we had the chance to visit Southern Laconia, see some new places and revisit some others we had visited in the past.   There are so many places one can visit but a one-day excursion is not enough […]


Continue reading about Ampelofassoula (fresh black eyed beans) and Marida (Pickerel)

There have been a lot of changes in my diet the past months and I am really happy with all these changes.   We eat less meat which means that the pork we used to eat at least once a week is now limited to once a month, the beef we used to eat once a […]


Continue reading about Seared Honey Spiced Crusted Salmon & Rocket, baby spinach and Pear Salad

Ivy on October 4th, 2009

Insalata Caprese, which means Salad made in Capri, the region of Campania, in Italy, is a simple salad using plum tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil and seasoning. I made a twist on this salad using halloumi and mint as well, both in the form of pesto and fresh mint. I wanted to share this salad […]


Continue reading about A different approach to Insalata Caprese

  Living in Athens in an apartment is not easy to barbecue because we do not have the space to do this often.  I do have a small barbecue but we avoid using it as whenever we do, the smoke gets into the appartment, so I avoid using it.  Some times I use the oven […]


Continue reading about Chicken Souvlakia and Makaronosalata me Kotopoulo (Pasta Salad with Chicken)

  Eating healthy or being on a diet does not necessarily mean that you should eat bland and boring food.  I have been watching my diet and loosing weight just by eating a little bit healthier.    Maybe I have not lost many kilos but I am satisfied loosing 1 – 2 kilos a month, […]


Continue reading about Mpiftekia (Greek Feta Burgers) with Baked Potatoes, Vlita and Garlicky Cucumber Salad

Ivy on July 22nd, 2009

Fava beans, in Greek Φούλια (foulia) is a legume similar to broad beans (ficia fava) in ancient Greek named κύαμος (κyamos) and in modern Greek κουκιά (koukia) and was one of the species of beans than existed in the ancient world.   Fava beans are mentioned by Homer (8th to 9th century B.C.).   Greeks […]


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